House of Commons Hansard #124 of the 36th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was section.

Topics

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

York West
Ontario

Liberal

Sergio Marchi Minister for International Trade

Mr. Speaker, as the Minister of Agriculture has stated today and yesterday, the actions of the U.S. governors are both wrong and irresponsible. As a result, the Government of Canada, at all levels, has been active and aggressive in trying to convince the federal government in the United States to intervene and stop this unilateral action.

Our patience is not unlimited. That is why we will not be shy to look at the NAFTA and the WTO which offer provisions.

We would rather have it settled between reasonable people, but two can play at this game.

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

The Speaker

That brings to a conclusion our question period for today.

International Labour Organization
Routine Proceedings

3 p.m.

Guelph—Wellington
Ontario

Liberal

Brenda Chamberlain Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Labour

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to an International Labour Organization requirement for its member states to introduce new ILO conventions and recommendations to the competent authorities, I am pleased to submit two copies, in both official languages, of the Canadian position with respect to conventions and recommendations adopted in 1996.

Government Response To Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3 p.m.

Peterborough
Ontario

Liberal

Peter Adams Parliamentary Secretary to Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36(8), I have the honour to table, in both official languages, the government's response to 12 petitions.

Points Of Order
Routine Proceedings

September 23rd, 1998 / 3 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

Peter MacKay Pictou—Antigonish—Guysborough, NS

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order concerning an announcement made this morning by the Minister of Public Works and Government Services.

He made a statement outside this House concerning matters of considerable concern to this exact House, namely the costs associated with a multi-year renovation and restoration project for the parliamentary buildings.

The government's reluctance to make this type of ministerial statement in the House shows contempt for this place and it is something we have seen in the past.

Keep in mind, as well, that this statement was made at a time when most caucuses were sitting and members of parliament were unable to attend.

This is the exact House that these renovations apply to. This is also the House that occupies the most parliamentary space during this restoration period.

We are members of parliament who are answerable to the public, which does not always differentiate between the actions of the ministry, the departmental officials or the membership of the House of Commons.

The minister became involved in a very public dispute with a senior official in his department. That senior official was subsequently removed from the responsibility of this parliamentary project, which has been the subject of considerable debate, considerable criticism and rumour.

There are large chunks of the renovation which were in the original budget that have now simply evaporated, so there are massive costs still to come.

The minister owes it to the House to come to this House and give a full public accounting.

Points Of Order
Routine Proceedings

3:05 p.m.

The Acting Speaker (Mr. McClelland)

The comments of the hon. House leader of the Conservative Party are on the record. I am sure the Speaker will consider them.

Now we will return to the daily routine of business.

Interparliamentary Delegations
Routine Proceedings

3:05 p.m.

Mississauga Centre
Ontario

Liberal

Carolyn Parrish Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Public Works and Government Services

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour today to present, pursuant to Standing Order 34(1), in both official languages, the third and fourth reports of the Canadian NATO Parliamentary Association which represented Canada at the joint committee meetings of the North Atlantic Assembly of the NATO Parliamentary Association.

The North Atlantic Assembly held its first defence and security, economic and political committees in Brussels, Belgium, February 15 and 16, 1998. The second meetings were held in Madeira, Portugal, March 27 to 29, 1998.

As vice-chair of this committee it is a real honour and pleasure for me to present these reports. It is my last official act, as I will have to resign as vice-chair of the NATO committee.

I think it is important to note that members of all parties who serve on the NATO committee have done their part to assist the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Prime Minister in passing the anti-personnel land mine proposal into law and getting countries to sign on. We almost got the United States to agree.

It is my pleasure to present this report and my official duty to do so.

Interparliamentary Delegations
Routine Proceedings

3:05 p.m.

Liberal

Joe Comuzzi Thunder Bay—Nipigon, ON

Mr. Speaker, following the House rules I present, in both official languages, the report of the Canada-United States Interparliamentary Group held in Massachusetts between May 4 and May 18, 1998.

We all realize the importance of our relationship with the United States. I am particularly proud to report that we have four ongoing committees that are working on issues which affect both countries.

The most important issue that we have included in the report is one that is bothering all Canadians, and that is with respect to the United States immigration law, particularly section 110, which would create havoc on all persons travelling to the United States.

The importance of the issue is simply that the immigration law in the United States was supposed to take effect on September 30, 1998. However, I can report that it will not take effect on September 30.

It is presently before the conciliation committee in the Congress of the United States. They will be resolving the issue in the very near future. I am pretty sure that after that has been resolved the issue which we fear on our border crossing points will be resolved in favour of the Canadians who travel to the United States on a daily basis. That is one of the real achievements of the Canada-United States Interparliamentary Group. We have several others on which I will report at a later date.

Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Implementation Act
Routine Proceedings

3:10 p.m.

Ottawa South
Ontario

Liberal

John Manley for the Minister of Foreign Affairs

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-52, an act to implement the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)

Canada Small Business Financing Act
Routine Proceedings

3:10 p.m.

Ottawa South
Ontario

Liberal

John Manley Minister of Industry

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-53, an act to increase the availability of financing for the establishment, expansion, modernization and improvement of small businesses.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)

Canada Post Corporation Act
Routine Proceedings

3:10 p.m.

NDP

Pat Martin Winnipeg Centre, MB

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-431, an act to amend the Canada Post Corporation Act (mail contractors).

Mr. Speaker, the bill that I am introducing today would do one very simple thing. It would eliminate one clause in the Canada Post Corporation Act which currently bars a group of employees from free collective bargaining and from their right to form a union. I am speaking about the rural route mail couriers of which there are 5,000. They are the only group of workers that I know of in this country who are specifically barred from the right to free collective bargaining. By the simple elimination of this one section of the act, it would solve that problem and give these people that access.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)

Labour Market Training Act
Routine Proceedings

3:10 p.m.

NDP

Pat Martin Winnipeg Centre, MB

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-432, an act to provide for the establishment of national standards for labour market training, apprenticeship and certification.

Mr. Speaker, the second bill which I am introducing today concerns the creation of joint labour-management committees to deal with labour market training on such matters as curriculum development, national standards for entrance requirements and national standards for certification in those skilled trades. It speaks to a real demand from many industries and many industry practitioners who have pointed to the need for national standards now that labour market training has devolved to provincial jurisdiction.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)

Criminal Code
Routine Proceedings

3:15 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

Peter MacKay Pictou—Antigonish—Guysborough, NS

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-433, an act to amend the Criminal Code (order of prohibition).

I am indeed very pleased to have an opportunity to present this private members' legislation, an act to amend the Criminal Code respecting orders of prohibition as they presently exist in the Criminal Code.

This bill would amend section 161 of the Criminal Code. If passed, the bill would allow the courts to make an order of prohibition prohibiting the offender from being in a dwelling house where the offender knows or ought to know that a person under the age of 14 is present, and the person having care or custody of that child is not present.

At this time I would like to also pay special tribute to a fellow Nova Scotian, Donna Goler, who brought this particular matter to the attention of all members of parliament. Ms. Goler is a survivor of sexual abuse and brought this loophole in the Criminal Code to the attention of myself and others.

I hope that by tabling this bill, this House and this government will act to adopt this measure to help prevent crimes of the most heinous nature against children. I ask for the support of all hon. members in passing this bill through the House.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:15 p.m.

Liberal

John Richardson Perth—Middlesex, ON

Mr. Speaker, I rise to present three petitions containing the names of 247 constituents from my riding of Perth—Middlesex regarding Bill C-225.

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:15 p.m.

Reform

Leon Benoit Lakeland, AB

Mr. Speaker, I am extremely pleased to present this petition on behalf of the people of Lakeland constituency who ask for the repeal of Bill C-68, and that the money being spent on this bill be redirected to programs that are proven to be cost effective at reducing crime and in improving public safety such as an increase in the number police officers on the street and more effective crime prevention programs.